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Research Interests

Richard Lueptow's current research interests are in three areas: 1) Modeling, simulation, and experiments on the segregation and mixing of bi-and poly-disperse granular materials, both spherical and non-spherical, in quasi-2D and fully 3D geometries; 2) A dynamical systems approach to mixing by "cutting and shuffling," particularly as applied to granular materials; 3) Molecular level simulation of transport processes in polymeric nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, ScD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 1986

Mechanical Engineering, SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 1980

Engineering, BS, Michigan Technological University

… → 1978

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Couette flow Physics & Astronomy
Reverse osmosis Engineering & Materials Science
Granular materials Engineering & Materials Science
vortices Physics & Astronomy
axial flow Physics & Astronomy
granular materials Physics & Astronomy
Vortex flow Engineering & Materials Science
reverse osmosis Physics & Astronomy

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Grants 1995 2019

Research Output 1981 2019

Continuum modeling of granular segregation during hopper discharge

Xiao, H., Fan, Y., Jacob, K. V., Umbanhowar, P., Kodam, M., Koch, J. F. & Lueptow, R. M., Jan 16 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Science. 193, p. 188-204 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Finite difference method
Granular materials

Asymmetric concentration dependence of segregation fluxes in granular flows

Jones, R. P., Isner, A. B., Xiao, H., Ottino, J. M., Umbanhowar, P. & Lueptow, R. M., Sep 1 2018, In : Physical Review Fluids. 3, 9, 094304.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Granular Flow
Particle size
Particle Size
1 Citations
continuum modeling

Effect of pressure on segregation in granular shear flows

Fry, A. M., Umbanhowar, P., Ottino, J. M. & Lueptow, R. M., Jun 27 2018, In : Physical Review E. 97, 6, 062906.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Granular Flow
Shear Flow
shear flow

Persistent structures in a three-dimensional dynamical system with flowing and non-flowing regions

Zaman, Z., Yu, M., Park, P. P., Ottino, J. M., Lueptow, R. M. & Umbanhowar, P., Dec 1 2018, In : Nature communications. 9, 1, 3122.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dynamical systems
Dynamical systems